Tamil Nadu localities get phonetic makeover with changes in English spellings

Tamil Nadu localities get phonetic makeover with changes in English spellings

The Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday issued a notification changing the English spellings of 1018 places in the state to match the Tamil pronunciation.

The spellings were finalised following deliberations by a committee appointed to oversee the changes. They also took into account the recommendations of district officials. The district collectors will be in charge of changing the names in collaboration with the local bodies.

According to a government release, during the Tamil Nadu budget allocation session for 2018-2019, an announcement had been made to change the names of places and towns in Tamil Nadu in such a way that they have the same phonetics in English and Tamil. This was mainly because certain places have different names in English and Tamil such as Triplicane in English and Thiruvallilkeni in Tamil.

A committee was later formed to implement the changes.

Here are some of places whose names have been changed:

V.O.C Nagar – Va. Oo. Si Nagar
Tondiarpet – Thandaiyaarpettai
Purasawalkam – Purasaivaakkam
Kodungaiyur – Kodungaiyoor
Mylapore – Mayilaappoor
Ekkattuthangal – Eekkattuthangal
Sholinganallur – Solinganalloor
Ambattur – Ambaththoor
Egmore – Ezhumboor
Guindy Park – Gindi Poonga (Poonga in Tamil means park)
Thiruvottriyur – Thiruvotriyoor Firka
Thirumulaivoyal – Thirumullaivaayal
Tuticorin – Thooththukkudi
Coimbatore – Koyampuththoor
Puducherry – Puthucherry
Vellore – Veeloor
Budangudi – Boothangkudi
Dharmapuri – Tharumapuri
Gudalur – Koodaloor
Perianaicken Palayam – Periyanayakkan Palayam
Among the changes, names which resemble an area (Pettai in Tamil) and have had their English forms shortened to ‘pet’ have been given their original names. Saidapet has been changed to Saithaappettai, Chintadripet has been changed to Chinthadharipettai and so on.